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commander of u.s. forces in iraq general loy austin to lead the command which is responsible for operations of middle east and afghanistan. general austin was joined by u.s. command nominee general david rodriguez who is a top commander in afghanistan from 2007 to 2011. this hearing is chaired by carl levin of michigan. it is two hours. >> good morning everybody and welcome this morning that committee considers the nomination of two very distinguished officers to the two of the most active and challenging combatant commands. general lloyd austin united states army nominated to the commander u.s. central command, and general david rodriquez, u.s. army to be nominated to be commander of the u.s. africa command. fees' to combat and commands, centcom and africom are the centers of gravity for the military's operations to counter the threat of terrorism. both nominees have served the country with distinction, and i want to faint each of you for your decades of military service and a willingness to serve once again. i and stand general austin's life and rodriguez's life are with us this morning.
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'm looking forward to working with the ranking member ron barber as we both share a strong commitment to u.s. border security and ensuring our border agents receive the support that they need to protect the homeland. last september, ron and i attended the dedication ceremony of the bryant a kerry border patrol station in arizona on wrangled patrol agent brian terry who was killed in december 2010 in the line of duty in arizona. also look forward to a strong bipartisan cooperation in helping to make the department of homeland security as efficient and effective as possible. i would also like to introduce our new freshman majority members. today we have mr. kief rothfuss from pennsylvania and mr. richard hudson of north carolina, and later joining us will be mr. steven gaines of montana. they bring a wealth of experience to their new roles in the congress and on the subcommittee at a look forward to leveraging their experience and knowledge to provide effective oversight of dhs. let me pause for just a minute and think the subcommittee staff who have worked diligently to put this first hearing
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a european u.s. free trade agreement of some sort and also to complete the partnership because of the ability my experience in the country isn't willing to put their lives on the table this is the first administration since fdr not to ask for the authority to the decline of one and online to are you willing to ask us to get you and work with this ways and means committee so we can indeed make good on the president's commitment? >> senator, i tried to work to advance free and fair trade at times when it was extremely unpopular. i worked to make sure we didn't have protectionist policies in the late 1970's and the early 1980's. i worked in the clinton administration and the obama administration and i shaped it when i was at the state department. i think it was a great announcement president made with europe and by the look forward working with you and the members of the committee to have a free and fair trade that expands the market. >> would you be open to -- >> i would be open to the discussion that still has to take place on that. i would certainly engage on it. >> my last question is a writ